I wish I'd come up with this phrase myself, but indeed I did not. It came from my friend Laura last night when we were having a "double play date" the boys were running around being boys and we were catching up.
Laura is in so many ways my twin. Before we met out kids kindergarten teacher thought I was her one day after school and after we met I could see why. We not only look alike, but we talk alike, make the same gestures and have surprisingly similar personalities. More amazing than any of this is that we are friends and I really enjoy her company. Rarely do we truly like the people who are most like us.
So last night we are talking about a post I read for a household manager and how outraged people were that someone would be looking for someone to help them "manage their house" which included child care, errands etc. As a working mom I can respect why people would want to hire help for some of these things. After all I have a nanny and she on occasion helps me out with other things around the house in addition to helping with the kids.
That's when she said someone she used to work with said to her... you can pay anyone to live your life for you and we started thinking about all the things you can pay people to do for you... (in no particular order)
- personal shopper
- grocery shopping
- landscaper, lawn mower, gardner
- water your house plants
- dog walker
- car wash
- child care - nanny, daycare, babysitter etc
- personal trainer
- interior decorator
- home theater set-up
- computer set-up and maintenance
- house cleaner
- tivo (keep us from wasting time on commercials and watching our show when it's on)
- someone else to do your scrapbooking
- personal chef
- financial advisor
- barista (why not spend $4 for someone else to make our coffee)
- ghost writer for your memoir
How many can you come up with? Leave your comments because I know there are more we forgot.